Loma Brewing Company opening soon

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The Loma Brewing Company will be opening in Los Gatos (at the location of the former Los Gatos Brewing Company) soon, perhaps even by the end of this month, per their Twitter feed:  https://twitter.com/LomaBrew  The same site said they’re doing their first brew this weekend – we wish them good luck!

The BrewPub is owned by Kevin Youkilis and his brother, Scott Youkilis.  The magazine DRAFT just put out a nice article on them and their venture that’s a good read if you’d like the back story:  http://draftmag.com/kevin-scott-youkilis-loma-brewing-los-gatos/

As for the food, a little research turned up great info on both the who and the what of it.  In a recent piece, Zagat profiled the 12 most anticipated restaurant openings in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer, and commented on the offerings to come at Loma:

Those beers will range from a light kolsch to seasonal IPAs and make up roughly half of the 14 taps with the other half going to guest beers. The chef is Aubree Arndt who worked for Youkilis at his former San Francisco restaurant Maverick. Beer-appropriate elevated comfort dishes will include flatbreads, smoked chicken wings, and a Loma Burger with aged Wagyu beef, American cheese, caramelized onions, and a “super sauce.” Those beers will range from a light kolsch to seasonal IPAs and make up roughly half of the 14 taps with the other half going to guest beers. The chef is Aubree Arndt who worked for Youkilis at his former San Francisco restaurant Maverick. Beer-appropriate elevated comfort dishes will include flatbreads, smoked chicken wings, and a Loma Burger with aged Wagyu beef, American cheese, caramelized onions, and a “super sauce.”

Great beer, great food, great ambiance are all anticipated!

We wish them much success with the last details and look forward to their grand opening soon.

 

More info:
http://www.lomabrew.com/ (get on their mailing list here)
130 N Santa Cruz Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95030

PS –  Related: previously, it was thought that this new brewpub would be called the Foglight Alehouse, but the name changed. Prior article on this new brewery can be seen here:    https://liveinlosgatosblog.com/new-restaurant-foglight-alehouse/

 

 

California Cafe in Old Town is closing soon

Sad news on the dining front: California Cafe in Old Town, Los Gatos, has announced that it will be closing at the end of July on its Facebook page.  No reason was provided for the closure. This fine dining establishment once hosted then-president Bill Clinton.  For many Los Gatans, it’s a go-to place for special occasions.  This lovely restaurant will be sorely missed – and we wish the proprietors well in whatever venture they next undertake.

Here’s what the restaurant said:

“After 31 years of happily serving the Los Gatos community, we regret to announce the closing of California Cafe at the end of July. Join us tomorrow, July 9, for a special one-day offer featuring 31% off all food and beverage purchases. Check back here for additional farewell offers throughout the month.”

Hurry on down there TODAY, Saturday, July 9th, for a substantial discount.  Learn more at the eatery’s FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCafeLG

California Cafe at Old Town, Los Gatos - closing July 2016
California Cafe at Old Town, Los Gatos – closing July 2016

Lunch at Hult’s

Hult's - Jim lunch Swedish Classic Pyttipanna April 30 2016Hult’s has been mailing out 2 for 1 lunch coupons and a few days ago, my husband and I decided to indulge.  The food, service, and environment were all great, so I wanted to give a little plug here.

We went on a Saturday in the very late morning, around 11:45.  The restaurant had some patrons but it was early and uncrowded, and we were seated immediately.

The menu is anything but typical, and Jim and I both saw things we’d never heard of before.  He  ordered the Swedish Classic Pyttipanna, shown in the photo to the right.   I will admit that this wasn’t visually appealling to me, as it was mostly shades of brown except for the fried egg on top and some beets on the side, but Jim said that it was delicious and didn’t leave a scrap behind.

As for me, I wanted to try the Lime Stuffed Pan Roasted Salmon(see photo below). My dish featured asapagus tips, melted leaks (I’d never heard of them served as melted before – it was a delicious leek mush) and trout caviar.   Usually I don’t go out of my way to have caviar, but it was quite tasty and also gave the food a very nice splash of color.

Hult's Lime Stuffed Pan Roasted Salmon

It was too early for us to have wine with our meal, but I need to note that the Hult’s wine menu is quite extensive and that alone might be a reason to return.

The service was excellent.  The atmosphere was quite pleasant.  On the ceiling there were sound absorbing tiles that did a wonderful job of keeping the ambiant noise low.   The food could not have been better.   Prices were not low, but few places in Los Gatos will be described as affordable – and the quality is certainly there.  For cost conscious consumers like me, the coupon was just the ticket to try the restaurant.  I’m sure we’ll be back – with or without a coupon.

 

Hult’s

http://hultsrestaurant.com/

(408) 354-3434

165 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(locals: where Baker’s Square used to be, and long before that, Sambo’s)

*As always, this review is done only because I enjoyed the establishment.  The good folks who run Hult’s did not know that I was going, nor that I would write a favorable review, and no compensation was made or received for this or any other review on this site.

Super Duper Burgers in Los Gatos

Super Duper Los Gatos interiorOver Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I decided to drop in to Super Duper Burgers in Los Gatos and try their fare for lunch.  We discovered good food, decent prices, but not the kind of atmosphere that would make you want to linger.

As with many casual burger places, this is a self-service kind of place where patrons stand in line to order and later hop up to get their meals.

Unfortunately there is a shortage of seating that you cannot miss; as soon as you order, you must try to stake out a place to eat, which may not be that easy during the mealtime rush. There are standing tables and a some tables with backless stools indoors, plus a couple more tables with benches outside.  (I did not see any chairs or seats with backs.)  The space is big enough for more seating, so I was puzzled by the lack of it.  Another customer volunteered that it had to do with parking spaces and ratios – I took his word for it.  Whatever the cause, there’s really not enough space for everyone to sit down and dine for this busy eatery.  I hope they can find a way to add more tables (with chairs, which would be nicer than stools).

The environment reminds me of some of the popular market style places which we see today like San Pedro Market in downtown San Jose. The ceilings are wooden and high but it has a warehouse feel with steel and concrete materials being prominent.  There’s a very pleasant look to it.  There’s loads of light and openness, but it’s also loud – too loud when the place is busy for conversing comfortably.

Super Duper wall artWe did enjoy our food quite a bit.  Most of us had burgers of some sort (one in my crowd is a veggie burger fan instead). My hamburger, a mini burger, was done exactly the way I like it, medium rare, and was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a very long time.  Our lunch was ready and nicely hot in a reasonable amount of time. Employees there were terriffic and couldn’t have been nicer.  Additionally, Super Duper was clean and when one set of diners left, it didn’t take long for the table to be ready for the next set.

For food and value, I’d give it high marks (5 out of 5 stars).  For ambiance and comfort – uncomfortable stools and scarce seating, and for the unhappy loudness, I’d give it medium-low marks (3 out of 5 stars).  Would I eat there again?  Yes, sort of: if the weather’s nice, I’d try to snag an outdoor dining spot. If not, I think “to go” is the way to go.

Super Duper Burgers:

15991 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032  (408) 356-0684   http://superduperburgers.com/

Just moved to Los Gatos with kids?

Dolce Spazio Los GatosAre you moving to Los Gatos with kids? Or just arrived?  This is a wonderful town for young people and the cool things to see and do continue year round. Below please find a list of my personal favorite places (shops, restaurants, parks etc.) and things to do with children in Los Gatos.

Things to do year round:
Los Gatos Saratoga Community Education & Recreation (all ages – classes, camps, fun things to do)
Petroglyph – decorate ceramics
Beading classes (older kids) at Natural Expressions in the Opera House
Oak Meadow and Vasona Lake County Parks carousel and small gauge train
Local parks and open space trails for hiking – see town of Los Gatos website for link

Summer fun:
Hillbrook School summer camp (horseback riding)
Youth Science Institute at Vasona
Vasona Lake County Parkpaddle boat rides, Parks & Rec classes on sailing and more
Los Gatos Creek Trail

Shops:
Affordable Treasures (wonderful for party favors, piñatas and stuffing, little gifts and trinkets!)
The Wooden Horse (fantastic toy store – get kids to think)

Food & restaurants:
Classic Burger (very casual)
Happy Hound  (very casual)
Shangri-La – Chinese food (casual)
Andale – Mexican food (casual)
Purple Onion (2 locations) (casual)
The Diner of Los Gatos (hot dogs and hamburgers in cardboard “cars”)
Double D’s  Sports Bar
Los Gatos Cafe (cinnamon buns, breakfast for all)
Also: the Farmers’ Market on Sundays has a wonderful crepe booth!
—>Add link to article on patio dining in Live in Los Gatos blog

Desserts and sweet stuff:
Icing on the Cake – bakery and desserts
Dolce Spazio – gelato
Powell’s Sweet Shop

Seasonal events:
Holiday tree lighting (usually 1st Friday night in December)  & Holiday Parade (usually 1st Sat in Dec)
Screen on the Green – free movie night each September at Oak Meadow
Summer free music concert series: Jazz on the Plazz, Music in the Park, Vasona Vibrations

 

Another article which includes things to do NEAR Los Gatos with kids, and not just IN LG:
https://liveinlosgatosblog.com/kid-friendly-things-to-do-in-and-near-los-gatos/

Visit the Los Gatos Farmer’s Market!

The Los Gatos Farmers’ Market is a community treasure and gathering point for the townsfolk.  Every Sunday, Los Gatans gather downtown at the Town Plaza Park area for a little shopping, casual munching and entertainment.    The outdoors market iss full of organic produce, plants and cut flowers, ready made food, include delicious crepes, and often music or other entertainment.  While many Santa Clara County Farmers’ Markets are seasonal or subject to weather conditions, this one is open year round, every Sunday, from 8am to 1pm (though some booths begin to break down around 12:30 or so)

The Los Gatos Farmers’ Market is located in Downtown Los Gatos at the Town Park Plaza on Main Street & N. Santa Cruz Avenue (Montabello Way & Broadway).  Pets are not allowed in the market, which wraps around the park on the paved roadway, but may be in the park itself.

Over the years, I’ve taken a number of photos of this local gathering spot.  Some are current images and others are 5-10 years old.

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Oak and Rye restaurant

A few days ago, I had the very pleasant experience of dining at Oak and Rye for the first time.  It was a gloriously sunny and warm winter day, so my friend and I opted for patio dining, which was ideal.

Oak and Rye is a Los Gatos restaurant well known for offering excellent pizza, but also equally tasty salads.  This made a delicious midday pairing.  We each enjoyed a  Gem Lettuce salad (with cashews, apple shavings, bleu cheese, and croutons), followed by a Young Cheezy pizza, a “white pizza”, which we shared.  Both the food and the service were wonderful.  As an added bonus, there seemed to be lots going on that afternoon along North Santa Cruz Avenue, providing ample “people watching” opportunities.

I’d go back in a heartbeat.  If you haven’t tried Oak and Rye yet, do give it a spin.  You won’t be disappointed.

Oak and Rye Pizza

303 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos     408 395-4441            http://www.oakandryepizza.com/

Oak and Rye pizza restaurant March 2015

 

Please note: as with all my reviews of eateries, wine bars, businesses, etc., there was no payment or benefit given to me for this online article. It was written in response to my favorable experience at this establishment only. I do not know the owners, managers, employees, or anyone there.